Spokane Launches 2021 Construction Season

Apr 8, 2021
Rebecca White/SPR

The city of Spokane will soon break ground on several new construction projects, including a massive overhaul of East Sprague and a partial demolition of the Post Street Bridge.

During a news conference Thursday, Mayor Nadine Woodward said the new projects would provide jobs in a time of economic challenges, and benefits for both motorists as well as cyclists.

Labor Unions, Colleges Promote Apprenticeships This Week

Nov 11, 2020
Courtesy of Kenna May

Colleges and labor unions are working to promote apprenticeships as a way to fill gaps in industries that have a shortage of qualified workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor has designated this week as National Apprenticeship Week.

Spokane Community College has one of the largest apprenticeship programs in Washington.

Courtesy of Paul Brennan

Spokane’s construction industry is preparing to increase its activity again soon, now that Governor Inslee has announced that some ongoing construction projects can continue with appropriate safety measures taken.

Cheryl Stewart is the executive director of Spokane’s chapter of the Association of General Contractors. During a media briefing Monday, Stewart said companies are doing the prep work they need to do.

Spokane City Construction Season Begins Today [Wednesday]

Apr 15, 2020
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

The city of Spokane today [Wednesday] announced its construction schedule for this year.

Mayor Nadine Woodward says it includes about $70 million worth of infrastructure work that was already planned. She says it’s adding an additional $10 million in street improvements.

City Shares Details of Monroe Street Construction Project

Sep 21, 2017

City of Spokane engineers this week provided more details of their Monroe Street project, scheduled to begin next spring.

The city bills the project as a balancing of interests. It’s designed to narrow the street to slow traffic and make it safer for cars, but also for pedestrians and bicyclists. The goal is also to make the neighborhood more livable and to make it easier for customers to access businesses on the street.

Another piece of a marathon North Idaho highway improvement project should be completed by next fall. For about 15 years now, Idaho transportation department planners have been trying to straighten and widen US 95 between Coeur d'Alene and Lewiston.

Consultant Hired For Riverfront Park Redesign

Apr 15, 2015
Riverfront Park Master Plan

                                                                          story revised for accuracy 04/16/15 11:00am

Ads for Riverfront Park say this is the last summer to enjoy the park with its current features. That’s because voters approved a bond in November to redesign the park. The city is gearing up to hire a team that will design it.

Spokane's $73M Summer Construction Underway

Mar 16, 2015
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Construction season has begun in eastern Washington. City of Spokane leaders stood along the Northwest Boulevard bluff Monday and announced more than 40 planned summer projects, including one along the bluff.

Mayor David Condon says the season’s projects will cost $73 million. The biggest of which is construction of a new CSO tank on Northwest Boulevard, and adjacent street-scaping. The will be the city’s 11th of 20 planned combined-sewer-overflow tanks.

Failing Old Bridges to be Torn Out and Replaced

Dec 15, 2014

A couple of shaky old deteriorating bridges in Spokane County will be torn out and replaced. Good news for drivers, but it means the dilapidated old spans are among the worst in the state. Under a state-managed part of a federal highway bridge program, the Ritchey Road bridge over Deep Creek and the Monroe Road bridge over Dragoon Creek will both be replaced.

Replacement of the Ritchey Road bridge should cost about $1.5 million; the Monroe Road structure about $1.2 million.